My Quick Thoughts on Super Smash Bros “Pic of the Day” (8/11/14)

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As many of you know, Super Smash Bros creator, Masahiro Sakurai, regularly posts screenshots from the upcoming game on various social media outlets, Miiverse, and the official Smash Bros website. These usually confirm or explain information of stages, fighters, items, and trophies. Today’s pic is particularly interesting.

This image cam with a caption that goes as follows:

“Hello! I’m Samus, the intergalactic bounty hunter!” “And I am Meta Knight, joining the battle!!”

This picture obviously shows off the ability for Mii fighters to sport customizable outfits n battle. I do like the designs of the costumes and they look jarring enough to not get confused for the actual fighters.

But that’s not what you’re interested in hearing, right? You’re all looking at the same thing I’m looking at: Meta Knight has a costume, and he’s “joining the battle”. Does this mean he’s back?

I’m going to go with the more optimistic “yes”. I explained in my Smash Bros character probability post that Meta Knight is among the most likely Brawl newcomers to get in the game. He’s probably one of the most popular Brawl newcomers anyway. And Kirby is Sakurai’s franchise to begin with, so representation of his franchise is to be expected. This pic is indeed a soft confirmation that he is coming back. Why so cryptic then? Well, hype can be a main cause. To outright say that Meta Knight is in the game wouldn’t be nearly as exciting as a nudge that turns out to be right.

However there is one more aspect to this image I want to touch on that no one else really is: Samus. Why is she in the picture? It probably means nothing and I’m being a little too analytic, but I think there’s something more to this inclusion. Maybe this is a subtle hint that a new Metroid character is coming. It’s not too hard to believe when you consider the tease made back in April involving Ridley. Maybe this is foreshadowing.

If it is, it’s about time we get some answers to that, because that’s caused a huge ruckus lately.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Let me know if you agree with anything I said. And most importantly, do you think Meta Knight is back?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Should the Rugrats Come Back?

My older sister and little brother have been recording and watching a couple of TV shows that air on TeeNick’s “The 90’s Are All That” block, and one of them is Rugrats. Seeing the Rugrats again in my current age is always a lot of fun. It takes me back so far I get flashbacks of crawling on the floor. What a show that was! I don’t think there exists a soul on the planet who watched this show and hated it, especially if you’re a 90’s-born. It’s one of the most likable shows ever made, and one of the best cartoons in my personal opinion.

This got me to thinking about how awesome it would be to have this show on today. I started thinking about if it could work today, if there is reason to do so, and how would a show like this come back. A quick search on the Internet shows that there seems to be a demand for and rumors of this comeback.

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Update (8/9/14): Next Week, New Topics and Whatnot

Greetings peeps!

Yep, I decided to make these updates a weekly thing. They are so much easier to put up and alert the people who read the blog most of what’s going on with me and the site. These will be life-savers when I go through the final schedule change soon. Anyway, with that in mind I am going to test the waters with these update posts as to what I can do to make them more appealing. For now, I’ll be as straight forward as I possibly can, give you the necessary information, and add/subtract things as I go.

Okay, so I’ve been talking about it for a while, but for those of you who don’t know there will be a schedule change starting Monday, August 18 and will be going on for a good few months. At that time, content from me will drop from at least 3 posts per week to at least 1 post per week. The reason for this change is in the interest of schooling.

Keep in mind when I say this I do not mean that there necessarily WILL be just 1 post per week all the time. In most cases, and especially during August, I intend to be posting almost as frequently as I am right now. I just place the bare minimum of 1 to cover my rear-end when it comes time to buckle down on school that week. Say there’s this huge assignment I have to get done which takes precedence over blogging and general merriment. I’ll get at least 1 post up for the week.

Again that starts next Monday. This means that this is the last week to expect at least 3 posts per week. Thank you for your understanding. This is just something I have to do.

Second order of business. I told you guys last week that I was unable to see Guardians of the Galaxy and will try to get see the film this weekend. That seems to not be happening. I will see the movie eventually and post the review up after I see it, but it will take a while longer.

In its stead, I do want to give you guys a first taste of SBox Recommends. Today, just a couple hours ago, I saw the movie Divergent. Part of me is skeptical of starting with this movie for my first WordPress review, but I do genuinely want to share my thoughts on the movie. So I am going to try to review the movie. As I explained before, my reviews don’t rely on relevancy. I review things as I wish to whether it’s a couple months old or a couple decades old. There’s no finite date to expect it as my reviews do take a while before I’m satisfied with them. Just know that it’s an idea that I may or may not go with.

Now, when it comes to this upcoming week, it may be a bit busy for me. This week I am expecting visitors from out of town who will be staying with us. I’m not sure what the plans are for when they are here, but I’m sure at least 3 of those days involve me not being at my computer. On top of that, I still have a bit of back-to-school shopping to do. I am going to work frivolously to get some posts on time. If for any reason I can’t get at least 2 more posts up this week, I’ll make it up to you guys somehow.

As for content, well I do intend on talking about Super Smash Bros a couple more times before its release. This go especially for when new characters are announced. I think “character probability” posts about Smash Bros have run their course, but there are plenty more to discuss, including a draft I’m currently working on. I also still have a post on the show Supernatural I want to post soon. I think the post you can be expecting in the next couple of days involves a certain Nicktoon you may have heard of. Oh and The Avengers! There’s definitely something I want to discuss about The Avengers.

That’s pretty much everything I have for you guys this week. I want to once again thank everyone who got me to over 100 views this week! I am seriously honored to have been worth your time, and hope to provide more of the content you’ll enjoy in the future. And never forget that I do take requests, so don’t be afraid to ask for me to discuss a certain topic. I’ll do my best to comply.

In the comments, I would like to know what you all think I should do during these weekly updates. What do you think I should include to make them more interesting to you. This is going to be the most recurring content on my blog, so let me know what I can do. Perhaps I can answer questions or something.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Super Smash Bros. 4 Character Probability (Part 3 | 100 Views Edition)

It is true. As of August 6, 2014 at around 1:56 PM, The Ranting SBox blog has reached its 100th view. You guys have no idea how shocked I am of this news. I mean, this is only week 4 for this blog, and just a couple days ago I was making a thank you update celebrating 50 views.

Sincerely to everyone reading this or who has read anything I wrote even once, thank you from the bottom of my circulatory organ. It’s an honor to be worth your click and your attention, and I hope that I can continue to be worth your presence on this blog in the future. This is something I never thought would happen to me this early, so thank you.

To celebrate, it is abundantly clear to me that my most popular content are my two posts on Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. In those 2 posts I discussed characters who were not yet confirmed to be in the game both veterans and newcomers, and measured their probability of getting in the final games. I always meant to make another post on the subject, so what better a time than now.

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My Quick Thoughts on Nintendo Direct Hyrule Warriors

The Wii U has been having quite a renaissance period in 2014. This year we’ve had Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8, and once we reach the cool embrace of Fall we’ll have countless Wii U exclusives that is sure to turn a small, under-appreciated game console into the talk of the town. This, of course, all starts with one game’s release in September: Hyrule Warriors.

Today, this highly anticipated Wii U debut of The Legend of Zelda series (more or less) and crossover between the series and Dynasty Warriors, had a Nintendo Direct event made just for this game. You can check here to see the video for yourself. And today I would like to give my opinion of the event.

Keep in mind that I am a newcomer to the Legend of Zelda franchise and have not even played a Dynasty Warriors game. This opinion will probably lack the depth into lore that more die-heard fans could muster. I am none-the-less interested in this game, and will look to this game as a stand-alone experience rather than a piece of a very expansive universe. I say this because even to outsiders of the series, there’s a lot to be excited about this game.

Really this event is a crash-course lesson on the game to people like me who have little knowledge of either series. I feel that the Direct overall was very well constructed and exciting. This game looks like a lot of fun and I can only imagine that major Zelda fans are going nuts over this.

I personally liked how we switched between 2 hosts on rotation. We had Yosuke Hayashi discussing the mechanics of Hyrule Warriors (gameplay, characters, customization, etc) and Eiji Aonuma discussing the references to the Zelda games. This approach really helped in catering to everybody watching.

The gameplay shown was excellent. It’s very much a Dynasty Warriors game, so it’s right up my alley with the hack and slash gameplay with soft RPG elements. Characters seem diverse from one another, which was something I actually didn’t expect given how many characters they offered. When I do get the game I definitely have a character to strive for with Ganondorf.

By the way, Ganondorf was announced to be playable at this event among other characters. We also were given 2 characters from the Zelda series: Zant and Ghirahim. Zant appears as a tank-like character with heavy attacks, while Ghirahim seems agile and weapon-happy. Out of the 3 announced characters I like Ganondorf the best. He’s plowing through enemies with heavy-hitting and surprisingly fast attacks like a boss. (That’s because he technically is a boss).

It was also announced that entering the game to Club Nintendo will unlock his Twilight Princess design for free. Not too bad of a deal given that it’s something free on top of the pre-order bonus you may or may not decide to get.

One new addition was the Adventure Mode which hearkens back to the original 8-bit overhead Zelda game. You traverse through a grid and complete missions on a map. Each area of the grid has different enemy counts and difficulty levels. Completing these missions will unlock new weapons, items and characters. I really like this idea as it gives you more to do after the story.

I also like the idea of the badge system. The idea of leveling up your character’s attributes by customizing these badges based on skills you pick up during battle is interesting. I prefer this over the generic level-up system most RPG’s have.

As far as co-op multiplayer, I like how each player controls a different screen instead of sharing a split-screen on the monitor. That way one player can look at the screen and another can occupy the GamePad.

The best part of the event for me was the items. I primarily love the idea of the moon from Majora’s Mask being summoned down with a hookshot. Cuocos also play a big part in the game, being able to be your allies or your enemies. However, as a Mario fan my jaw dropped to the floor when they showed Chain-Chomps as weapons for this game. That is going to be my weapon of choice as I wreck everything with my Chain-Chomp of death!

That’s pretty much everything I can say about the event. Let me know what your thoughts and feelings are on this event? Are you excited for the game? What was your favorite part of the event?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Update (8/4/14): Gratitude, Reviews, and Whatnot (Intro to SBox Recommends)

Greetings peeps!

I have an update for you all on this fine Monday. I am thinking of making one of these updates every week including the time after August 17. The way I see it these updates don’t take very long to make and can fill in some gaps in my posting schedule. Not sure, but who knows from here. If I do there will be a less boring name for these types of posts. Maybe I can even let you all know little things here and there about myself within these updates. Just an idea, but I’ll let you know.

First order of business involves a dozen thank yous to all of those who have read any of my blog posts. Today marks 4 weeks since this blog has launched and I have already reached impressive milestones. Middle of last week I reached 50 views and today I reached 75. I thought it would take an eternity for me to reach such numbers and such attention. It’s amazing to think some site made by some nerd could get this much attention. Thank you all for your support. Please, if there is ever anything you would like me to do on this blog, let me know and I will do my best to provide that for you. I owe you all for what you do.

Speaking of which, I have noticed a pattern among those views. It occurs to me that the majority of my views don’t even come from WordPress users. A good bunch of them do come from WordPress users and I owe a bevy of thanks to people like Harsh Reality and What’s Your Tag Blog for bringing in readers out of the kindness of their hearts. I bring this up because WordPress users have the option to follow my blog and receive my posts in their subscriptions page. There currently is no function on my site to accommodate outside readers.

So this part goes out to those kind of readers. I am working on an e-mail list or something for viewers who wish to receive my content but don’t have an account with WordPress. Please stayed tuned, because this is my new priority.

Next order of business involves content. Yep, you read the title right. It’s time for me to start posting reviews. For those of you who read my about page or one of my other updates where I mentioned it, this website also serves as a source for written reviews. This is actually where some of my best work is. I’ve been writing reviews on several sites for years under the title SBox Recommends, and believe I am ready to begin again.

SBox Recommends is my review segment that I have used since 2012. It’s been on many sites over time, but the idea has always been the same. I make written reviews covering just about anything and everything, regardless of relevancy, timeliness or obscurity. While these reviews are my most prided work, they tend to be my least frequent content. That’s because I take a while writing it. I don’t claim to be a professional, but I do promise you my honest opinion with reasonable explanations. Hopefully you will all enjoy my reviews as they come to this blog.

I will confess that this was supposed to make its WordPress debut this weekend with a review of Guardians of the Galaxy. We were set to see the film but had complications involving Fandango, so we are now looking to see the movie this upcoming weekend. Once I see it, I will get straight to work on a review. I must warn you again that I tend to spend a long while on reviews, so don’t expect it too soon.

Onto some more content. I feel bad that I didn’t cover a lot of Comic-Con as promised. I do have just a couple more posts that have something to do with what was announced at Comic Con coming in the future. I particularly want to touch on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover and maybe even Skull Island. There was also some interesting Big Bang Theory news I may want to cover and a Supernatural post I’ve been waiting to cover. I was hoping for more Smash Bros news to be at Comic Con, but rest assured I have some more thoughts before the game releases.

One thing I can probably promise you is that I will be watching tomorrow night’s Nintendo Direct of Hyrule Warriors (11 p.m. EST). I’m hoping to get a post going for that.

One last reminder goes for my schedule change that is closely approaching. For those unaware, I have set to make at least 3 posts per week up until August 17. From August 18 onward, I will only be making 1 to 2 posts per week in the interest of schooling. Thank you for your understanding.

So that’s all I have for now. As always, I am open to any requests, complaints, and criticism. Leave a comment here or in any of my blog posts at any time if you ever wish to discuss something with me.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Should there be Kingdom Hearts in Disney World?

One of the most beloved video game series around is the Kingdom Hearts series. Rightfully so, too. The games are indeed very good regardless of your experience of RPG games or Square Enix games. It is one of the best examples of a crossover done right as it captures the mechanics of a Square Enix game with the tone of Disney. Who knew that such an odd combo like that could create something so special?

I in recent months had the pleasure of visiting Walt Disney World for the first time in 13 years- best of all as an annual pass holder. I love the place even in my teenage years. The atmosphere is unbelievable, the attractions are unforgettable, the sights are so wonderful. It’s quite the place really. Currently it is a day until August, and my family and I have visited the park on 4 separate occasions, with another visit coming in a couple of weeks. However, every time I visit the same question seems to cross my mind eventually: Where’s Kingdom Hearts?

Kingdom Hearts as an entity is almost entirely absent from the park. I’ve only been to Disney World in Florida, but I also heard that California’s Disneyland and most of Disney’s other locations also don’t feature Kingdom Hearts. There isn’t a lick of the game anywhere. No merchandise, no attractions, no rides, no characters, no monuments, not even physical copies of the games. This is one of the few aspects of Disney that are not represented.

Shouldn’t they make some reference or attraction of Kingdom Hearts in their parks? Why isn’t it there in there in the first place? If they were to represent the series how would they go about it?

First we’ll tackle the “should” part. I don’t see why not. If you were to ask me about 10 years ago I’d say what’s Kingdom Hearts it would be cool, but they’d need to establish themselves further in popularity to warrant much more representation than it already had. Nowadays the game is pretty well-known and established both within the gaming world and Disney lore in general. Sure your everyday person won’t know what the keyblade is, but enough people would.

Furthermore, Kingdom Hearts tends to sell its best in North America despite being a Japanese creation. But even Disney World Tokyo gave more attention to the series than Florida. This statue was once in Tokyo DisneySea.

Imagine this baby in one of the American parks. Even in this situation, though, this to my knowledge isn’t there anymore.

But we have to ask ourselves: what’s been stopping them? Could it be Square Enix? That’s the most widely accepted theory, but people seem to forget that this franchise is owned equally between Square Enix and Disney. Sure they’ll have to arrange a little deal with Square in terms of merchandising, but it wouldn’t hurt them that much since Disney souvenirs are already more expensive in the parks than anywhere else. Even if Square Enix had the final say (which they kind of don’t), why stop them? What better way to market your upcoming game than in a place where Disney reigns supreme? They can even sell Kingdom Hearts III in Downtown Disney or something.

Some might say that Disney doesn’t really acknowledge video games as much as their movies, shows and cartoons. This is actually not true. I’ve been to almost every park in Disney World. It’s not too common, but you can find Disney Infinity and buy it in their souvenir shops. Plus there’s DisneyQuest, which is a five-floor arcade. So yes they do represent video games in the park, just not this one.

Some may also argue that relevancy plays a part in Kingdom Hearts inclusion. I will concede that Kingdom Hearts isn’t as known as many of the other Disney properties. However, relevancy plays no part in making a Disney park attraction. Case and point, Splash Mountain. One of the most famous rides in Disney World is based on characters from a movie so controversial that it never received a physical release. If Song of the South gets a ride so should Kingdom Hearts.

Besides, people who visit and work at the parks actually do know what the game is. I own a Kingdom Hearts t-shirt and have worn it twice at Disney World; once in Magic Kingdom and once in Animal Kingdom. I was acknowledged 3 times for that shirt. Two of them were from the cast members (Disney’s word for employees), and one of them was from a tourist. Not to mention when wearing the shirt in general places like school or malls, people still complement the shirt. Either Kingdom Hearts is very popular or I’m just that good-looking.

With that said, there is one last thing that could very well be the reason we don’t see attractions for the game. It all comes down to what you can do with the intellectual properties you have. Exactly what could they do with Kingdom Hearts?

The problem with Kingdom Hearts is that it relies on other Disney properties in order to even exist. With all of the things you are able to do in Kingdom Hearts you could just as easily do with other franchises. When making a Kingdom Hearts ride, you’ll have to strip it down of most (not all) Disney, Final Fantasy or World End’s With You elements. Is it possible? To an extent, yes.

I may be a newcomer to the games, but even I see where ideas can resonate. Probably your safest bet is with the Gummi Ship. I’m thinking DINOSAUR ride mixed with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin with a touch of Space Mountain. You know, a slow moving ride with cooperative shooting for points with moving cart effects. Heck, I think it would be cool if it went fast at some points and slow at points of shooting. Of course, there are plenty of ways to go about this includng just making a straight-up roller coaster or even DisneyQuest simulator game.

Of course, I think this is the one I would want to see. And it is from a Kingdom Hearts III trailer of all places. That train is perfect! Look at it go!

Tell me with a straight face you wouldn’t want to ride that so that I can deem you a liar. It practically makes itself. Just the concept of a roller coaster with disappearing and reappearing tracks in an irregular pattern while fighting a massive beast is enough to get people interested. I’d ride that all-day long.

What about you guys? Let me know in the comments if you agree with anything I said. Do you think it’s likely to see Kingdom Hearts have some form of representation in Disney parks? What would you want to see of they end up doing so?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

My Quick Thoughts on the Batman v Superman leaked trailer

I am making this post now while the trailer is still fresh in my mind and while the video can still be found. That way I will regret nothing when the video can no longer be seen.

Yes, the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a very big presence at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014. We got everything from the Batman suit display, to the first Wonder Woman image, to the dimly-lit Bat-selfie. What we unfortunately didn’t get was the trailer. Oh it was there alright, but not for the eyes of mere mortals like you and I who couldn’t attend Comic Con. We have to wait for Warner Bros and DC to make such awesomeness public… or do we?

Thanks to our sneaky little friends who were at Comic Con who used their camera, the whole gets to see what they saw that fateful day. For those watching this in the not-so-distant future who won’t be seeing this for a good while, here’s what was shown in short.

It all starts with Batman on a rooftop turning on the Bat signal. The signal shines on a flying Superman who looks down to Batman. Batman looks back to Superman with glowing white eyes, and Superman retaliates by showing his red eyes. And then… there was the logo.

I feel bad if you didn’t see the trailer in time because, believe me, it’s much more awesome than it sounds. It’s such a simplistic and seemingly insignificant value of about a minute, but it’s so cool!

Now I’m not the biggest comic book guy at all. I am not the guy to go as in-depth as a die-hard fan would, but I still have a small bit to share.

For one thing, I like how the Batman suit looks in motion. We’ve seen a few instances of the suit in pictures and snippets, but we haven’t actually seen that thing with Ben Affleck doing things in it. It seems kind of slow yet it manages to seem menacing almost as if it’s calculating every move. Really intimidating and awesome stuff, even though we don’t see his face.

In a way, they should just not show the eyes of either. I like it that way. It captures the more cartoony (I don’t mean that in a bad way) nature of the comic book designs. And from what I’ve heard from fans, it looks extremely faithful to the original comic.

Superman’s suit is hard to see, as is everything, but it seems virtually the same as in Man of Steel. It makes sense that Not too much to add here except that I like how Superman’s eyes ended the trailer and lead into the logo; almost to suggest that crap went down right then.

So, that’s my two cents. Sorry this isn’t the most interpretation out there, but there is plenty of places to find the comic fans’ point of view. What did you think of the teaser trailer if you saw it? Did you catch something I didn’t? (Of course you have). Let me know, and we can be excited for the 2016 release together.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Analysis: The Last of Us movie

The San Diego Comic Con is quite an exciting time when it comes to announcements. Doesn’t matter is your a massive geek or a casual fan of entertainment. It doesn’t even matter if your into comic books, movies, video games, television, or anime. Everyone can get something out of Comic Con, and sometimes you won’t even see certain things coming.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year since The Last of Us endured and survived on store shelves. The little game has come a long way since then with multiple award nominations, an upcoming next generation Remastered edition, and now a feature length movie to coincide with our Uncharted movie news.

Even though we’ve known that plans were being made for this movie for a good while, to get a confirmation and big announcement was such a surprise. It’s even more exciting (and terrifying) for me because The Last of Us is my favorite game of all-time. If Hollywood can get this right, we’ll have a beautiful and epic blockbuster coming our way.

I know this movie is light-years away from now, but we can still analyze what we know now and see how much our current facts really tell us about this project. Additionally, I want to share my thoughts on what I want to see from the film.

The first thing we know is that movie will be distributed by Screen Gems, a Sony-owned company. From what I gathered, Screen Gems is one of 4 specialty production arms known for a mixed assortment of genres, but most notably horror and action. Their film library is actually not too great. Their most notable films include the remake of CarrieThink Like a Man (including Too), the Underworld series, and Dear John. However their most known and profitable movies are the Resident Evil movies. In fact, their highest grossing film is Resident Evil: Afterlife. This is actually quite concerning. The Resident Evil movies don’t sit too well with gamers nor with many moviegoers. These guys clearly aren’t the best at video game adaption.

To the credit of Screen Gems though, while many of their movies are sub-par at best they do house some noteworthy movies. Heck, I actually liked the Underworld movies. Besides, it’s not fair to the movie to assume the worst too quickly.

What was announced at Comic Con was that Sam Raimi was the producer of the movie and Neil Druckmann is writing the film.

Sam Raimi is known for many movies whether as an actor, director or producer. I personally know him best for directing the Spider-Man trilogy. He is also known for movies like the Evil Dead series, the Darkman movie, and Oz the Great and Powerful as well as TV shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. I think Raimi is a trustworthy addition to the staff, especially since I’m a fan of a lot of his work.

As for Neil Druckmann, well… he’s the writer and director of the freaking game! Could you have picked a better choice to write a movie about The Last of Us? We’ll at least have a well written film here. If you need to be further assured, he also worked on the Uncharted series.

There currently is no confirmed director, but I can see wither Druckmann or Raimi filling that position. I wouldn’t oppose to it much either. Together with Screen Gems, I see a pretty good combination of people. All benefactors seem to be focused on horror and action, Raimi knows how to make a fun blockbuster, and Druckmann assures that we’ll have a faithful representation of the game in this movie.

The one place we have for speculation is the cast. Who will play Joel and Ellie? Let’s keep in mind that Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann have the absolute final say on casting choices.

We already have a good idea for Ellie as she already has a potential actress picked out: Maisie Williams. For those of you like me who don’t know, she is best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Now I just started watching the show, so I’m not too familiar with characters at the moment. However is this goes through, I couldn’t be happier. She looks like a perfect candidate, though my one concern is if she will look 14 by the time filming starts. Her character Arya is also known as a head-strong, tough character lending her perfectly to a role like Ellie.

Fans are reporters are also suggesting Elle Fanning of Maleficent and Ellen Page of X-Men: The Last Stand and Beyond: Two Souls among others for the role.  I’m not really against these choices either, but I like many others prefer Maisie Williams for the role.

As for Joel, that’s anyone’s guess. Popular opinion from the fans seem to lean on Hugh Jackman. I have to agree that Jackman seems like the perfect candidate. Especially when you consider his portrayal of Wolverine, he can definitely pull off Joel’s personality. This would be my first choice. Josh Brolin is another popular choice, and I wouldn’t oppose to him either given that he does have Joel’s look about him.

The one aspect I’m wondering about is how the story will be executed. I say this because movies nowadays go for about two-and-a-half hours give or take, especially major blockbusters like this one is trying to be.  The Last of Us is over 3 hours long with cutscenes alone; and this is without the action scenes represented through gameplay. Obviously there’s going to be elements that are cut, but which parts?

The game takes place in the span of a year, following 4 stories spread across the 4 seasons. Each season minus Spring introduced new characters that greatly impacted the story, such as Tess, David, Marlene, Tommy, Henry and Sam. The most efficient route is to either rush certain parts or cut them entirely. I’d imagine Henry and Sam’s part could be cut, Tommy’s would be side-lined, and David’s would be shortened. I think it would be a shame to do that, but time is the enemy of many movies. (Just ask The Amazing Spider-Man 2). I could be entirely wrong, though. I trust that Neil Druckman will represent all his characters in a way that makes sense.


 

Well, that’s my side of the whole movie. I’m insanely excited as I am nervous. Keep in mind my observations could entirely far-off, but this is the way I personally see it. Do you guys agree at all, or do you feel differently. Let me know so we can speculate together.

I’m Sbox180. Thanks for reading!

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